Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – My Mission

Name: Chinasa Meniru
From: Miami, Florida
Grade: 12
School: Robert Morgan Educational Center
Votes: 0



Life is too short to take things for granted; I must live my life with a
purpose. The experience I had this year was going on a mission trip
to the Dominican Republic which taught me this valuable lesson. My
mission was to share my faith with children and others by visiting
different schools in the countryside. This enlightening experience
caused me to become more grateful for my surroundings and taught me
to cherish the luxuries I possess. It has motivated me to embrace a
new idea, to take the initiative to help others in the Dominican
Republic to become more knowledgeable of recycling.

It all started while I was traveling towards the city of Las Terrenas;
my eyes began to open when I had encountered burning trash along the
side of the road. The hot glowing flames incinerated profusely at
different areas on their beautiful landscape. The stench of the trash
disturbed the course of my breathing. The debris was the focus of the
scene, yet, the high vegetated mountains touching the sky, the
scattered shacks, and the locals harvesting their farmlands formed an
eye-filling background to the scene. The locals live a simple
lifestyle based solely on the crops they produced. According to the
Las Terrenas news article it states, “About half of the waste is
compostable, a third is recyclable and that Dominicans waste almost
6,000 tons of garbage a day which ends up in their streams or on the

The Dominican Republic faces problems of managing their trash, which is
causing air and water pollution. For example, the locals of Las
Terrenas burn their garbage because their government does not have
enough money to provide public waste systems in the rural area. The
smoke from the burning trash produces carcinogens, which causes
cancer. When it rains, the runoff from the trash seeps into their
groundwater and deteriorates the soil causing the locals lose some of
their income. In the urban areas there are more open-air landfills
that are not managed properly. The way the Dominicans handle their
waste in rural areas is very inefficient; however, it is better than
having landfills that costs more to establish. Life is not fair, but
we can still make it enjoyable by cleaning our environment.
Therefore, the solution to this problem is recycling and having the
Dominican Republic become more aware of the environment. To a degree,
recycling can help reduce water and air pollution, create more jobs,
protect raw materials, and require less energy which helps preserve
the natural resources. Many islands are known for their tourism but
if their garbage is not handled properly it can affect their

In the future, I would like to start my own recycling business starting
in the Dominican Republic. Hopefully, one day I would have some
agreements and regulations from their government. If so, I will need
a business license, a permit to resell or collect recyclable
household items. Second, form a recycling team with my friends and
future colleagues. This would build up a foundation to start my
business. Third, receive grants or special loans from the U.S
government to meet all the needs and inquiries, such as a facility,
transportation, various equipment, and materials needed for the
business. Last, it will be very significant to gain the public’s
attention through the press, advertisements, and social media
platforms. Patience, courage, and responsibility are vital qualities
that would help my recycling business succeed.

I would like to become a leader to minimize the problem of waste
management in the Dominican Republic and other islands. I want to be
courageous enough to defeat any circumstances that might impede
creating my recycling business. I believe that one day I will make a
difference because my solution will be effectively executed. I would
not let my solution become a waste.

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